White would double two-time Heisman winners

KEVIN LEE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Jason White might have a date with history tomorrow night in New York.

The Oklahoma Sooners quarterback has a chance to join Archie Griffin as a two-time Heisman Trophy winner.

Joining White for the award's presentation will be freshman teammate and running back Adrian Peterson.

Also on hand will be USC quarterback Matt Leinart and running back Reggie Bush, and quarterback Alex Smith from the Utah Utes.

It's the first time teammates from two schools were selected as finalists for college football's most prestigious award.

White completed 65% of his passes, an improvement over his Heisman-winning season of 2003, for 2,961 yards and 33 touchdowns with only six interceptions this season.

Last year, he threw for 3,846 yards and 40 touchdowns. Though his numbers statistically in yardage and touchdowns were down a bit this season, that was due in part to having Peterson in the backfield.

FIRST FRESHMAN TO WIN

Peterson is looking to become the first freshman to ever win the Heisman after rushing for more than 100 yards in 11 of his 12 games and finishing the season with 1,843 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Leinart, meanwhile, finished the season with numbers lower than last year's totals in every major statistical category, but he had his finest game against Notre Dame in primetime national television when many voters were watching.

Bush, who was a standout not only at running back but also at returning kicks and punts, was so explosive it forced teams to focus in on him game in and game out while allowing teammates to record better numbers.

Lastly, Smith led his Utes to their first 11-0 season and a BCS berth in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day.

WOULD HAVE STRUGGLED

Without Smith, the Utes would have struggled to win eight games.

Look for Leinart to win one of the closest Heisman races in history. Peterson and White will be a close second and third, respectively.

Griffin, a standout running back at Ohio State, won the Heisman in 1974 and '75 and still remains the only two-time winner.

The picks are:

New Orleans Bowl, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (TSN): Southern Miss (-5) vs. North Texas -- One of the nations leading rushers is Jamario Thomas of North Texas and he will keep the Mean Green in this game with his big-play ability. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles have quarterback Dustin Almond and standout wide receiver Antwon Courington. The combination can light it up and should make for a shootout ... Southern Miss, 38-31.

Last week -- 8-0 straight up (175-43), 4-4 ATS (117-90-2)

Back with more bowl picks next week.


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